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East Hartford, CT 06108
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Arts & Museums
The Connecticut Science Center is where kids can get immerse themselves in Forensics, Physics, Astronomy and Geology, by spending time in the stunning 3-D theater and educational laboratories. Over 150 interactive exhibits are up for viewing. Parts of the venue can be hired for children's birthday parties, seminars and luncheons where catering is taken care of. Check website for more details.
Started in 1796, way before Ripley's came into the picture, Joseph Steward, a painter and a museum curator, put up a small exhibition of his curiosity cabinet. The collection became so popular that Mr. Steward had to shift it to a much bigger mansion. Reopened to the public in the '90s, the museum now features rare oddities like peculiar birds, a huge lobster claw, a scary mummified hand, most of which were a part of Steward's original collection. The newest addition and perhaps, the most fascinating of them all is a stuffed two-headed calf that steals the show.
One of the nation's oldest state houses, Hartford's Old State House dates back to 1796 and is on the site of the original structure built in 1637. A Federal-style building designed by famed architect Thomas Bulfinch, the Old State House has been restored on numerous occasions and has been on the list of National Historic Landmarks since 1966. Even though it has not served the Connecticut government since the construction of the new State Capitol building since 1872, the Old State House is a must-see for families and those interested in the history of the Constitution State.
One of the best museums in the Northeast, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art houses some of the finest small collections of European art in the country. Fine Renaissance and Modern art by Caravaggio, Lorrain, Picasso, Degas, Cézanne, van Dyck, Monet, Van Gogh and Manet line the walls. One of the most outstanding collections at the museum is that of the Hudson River School and late 19th-century oil and watercolors from local artists. Open since 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest public art museum in the United States.
The Trash Museum in Hartford lets you take recycling and reusing to the extreme! This one-of-a-kind museum informs visitors of the history of garbage removal as well as watch live feed of the CRRA's recycling program.
Located in Hartford's Downtown neighborhood, Butler-McCook House & Garden is one of the oldest in the city. Established in 1782, the home was designed by Jacob Weidenman. A pretty Victorian garden surrounds the back of the home. The home was owned by the Butler and McCook family for two centuries. Butler-McCook House & Garden functions as a museum, with exhibits reflecting the four generations that lived in this house, and the changes that the neighborhood saw over the years. The home has been retained as it was originally built, along with its interior decor.
In the scenic Middlesex County town of Essex is the Connecticut River Museum, home to collections and exhibits dedicated to the history of the Connecticut River. Enjoy one of the many exhibits or enroll the kids in one of their many summer programs that encourage young students to study and respect the River's habitats. Drive to the museum, or arrive in your boat and disembark on the dock.
Connecticut State Library is located in Hartford, Connecticut. It is an executive branch agency of the state and is also the library of Connecticut. It provides a host of facilities to its citizens like a library, information, archives, public records, a museum, and administrative services. It also extends its service to students, researchers, as well as public libraries and town governments throughout the state.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is dedicated to the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin and offers tours for history buffs and even specially designed ones for children. This is the home in which Stowe lived from 1873 until her death in 1893. The house includes authentic, restored furniture pieces as well as souvenirs from her journeys around the world. A library, located on the grounds of the nearby Day House contains books, manuscripts, images and more. Enjoy eight Victorian gardens on the grounds of the estate as well as several special events held throughout the year.
The home of Farmington Avenue in Hartford is where Mark Twain lived from 1874 until he moved to Europe (due to bankruptcy) in 1891. This is where Twain wrote some of his most famous works, such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. There have been numerous recent efforts to completely renovate the estate along with the construction of the adjacent Museum which opened in 2003 that offers an exclusive documentary on the writer by director Ken Burns. Please note that only guided tours of the home are offered.
The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in historic Wethersfield is a collection of 18th-century homes that are National Historic Landmarks. The Webb House was built in 1752 and its claim to fame is as a resting place of George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The Deane House was built for an American diplomat to France's family during the War. Visits are only available from May 1 to October 31; however, there are special weekend hours in April and November. Call ahead for varying dates.
Located to the east of Wethersfield, the Buttolph-Williams House is one of the oldest structures in the city. Established in 1711, this house was constructed in the Puritan style. Its facade features wooden clap boards and casement windows with diamond shaped panes. The house was renovated in the 1940s by Frederick C. Palmer, who restored it to its former glory. Managed by the Connecticut Landmarks, Buttolph-Williams House opened as a museum in 1951. Elizabeth George Speare's historical fiction The Witch of Blackbird Pond, was set around this house, making it a popular visitation spot amongst fans of this novel.